My thought is we know it’s love rather than merely attachment or infatuation when we literally would do anything for someone and when there is an issue, we find whatever fault we may be responsible for, no matter how small. Gandhi says it so right on, “Love never claims, it ever gives. Love ever suffers, never resents, never revenges itself.”
Although I am more spiritual than religious, I do embrace all
religions as One World, One Essence. 1 Corinthians 13:4 so beautifully says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
Absolutely believe love is Divine, God’s essence, which lives within each being. Isn’t our strength of soul dependent upon how much we love? No matter how times I read Mirdad’s quote, tears well up to always remember, “As if your God himself had need of you his life to live. And so in truth He does.”
Definitely a believer that our strength of soul increases as our ego and desires decrease. Gandhi said it another way which is great, mind over matter: “It is my own firm belief that the strength of soul grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh.”
Hafiz speaks about strength of soul becoming seasoned when we embrace the yearning: “Don’t surrender your loneliness so quickly LET IT CUT MORE DEEP let it ferment & season you as few human or even divine ingredients can.”
My experience has been that separation makes the heart yearn; keeping it still, let it run ever deep, permeating the soul to expand to everyone & everything.
To me love is to both see the Creator and a part of yourself in another ~ Love is true beauty & strength.